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Old 10-10-2010, 12:15 PM   #1
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Here I go again...eating my way around the world! Oct 2010 F&W -COMPLETED 11/10

Hi there

I just returned from my 4th F&W trip in a row, where we ate...and ate...and ate! I'm not new to this board, so you might have seen me before. If not, here are the introductions!



From left to right you'll find:
My Dad: Will do anything for pretzels
My Mom: Will do anything for Cosmo Slushes
Me: Will do anything for Corn Dog Nuggets
My Fiancé (Geoff): Will do anything for Asian food

I'll post links to all my reviews here, so check back for links! And the list of all Disney Restaurants we ate at:

Sunshine Seasons-Lunch
Captain Cook's-Lunch
Gardenview Tea Room-Tea (obviously)
Party for the Senses-Dinner Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, My review on the Disney Food Blog
Bakery at the Animal Kingdom-Breakfast
Sanaa-Lunch
Flipper's Pizza-Dinner
(at the end of the Sanaa review)
The Wave-Breakfast
Food & Wine booths-Lunch
Food & Wine booths-Dinner
Crystal Palace-Breakfast
Columbia Harbor House-Lunch
Aloha Aisle and Casey's Corner-Mid-day snacks

Cosmic Ray's-Dinner
Wishes Dessert Party
Tangierene Cafe & Food & Wine booths-Lunch
Raglan Road-Dinner
Backlot Express-Lunch
Le Cellier-Dinner
Food & Wine booths-Lunch
Jiko-Dinner

(note: we stayed off-site, so breakfasts were mostly cereal bars at the condo.)

Now, with all the formalities taken care of...here we go!

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Old 10-10-2010, 12:23 PM   #2
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Sunshine Seasons

Before heading down to Walt Disney World for vacation, the company I work for had our National Sales Meeting in Orlando! So, being the obsessed Disney fan I am, I decided I needed to head over to a park if at all possible. Of course it helped that I had an AP to pick up, so I could enter the park for 2 hours and not feel bad about it

So, on the first day, before our meeting officially started, I ran over to Epcot for 3 things: pick up my AP, LUNCH!, and pick up a TiW card. (For those of you who have no idea what TiW is...it's a discount card that Florida Residents or Annual Pass holders can purchase that allows you 20% off almost all sit-down meals. It includes alcohol & adds an automatic 18% gratuity.)

So, I had picked up my cards and quickly made my way to Sunshine Seasons in the Land Pavilion at Epcot for lunch. I knew going in that I wanted the Ahi Tuna Salad, which I had back in August 2009:


But when I got there, they had changed it! Instead of a lettuce salad, it was now with noodles. In the spirit of being adventurous, I got it.



And? It surprised me. The noodles were cold (which I assumed) but it had really good flavor! A bit spicy though.

Overall: 7/10 I was taken aback by the spicy-ness of the tuna & noodles, and parts of the tuna were a little chewy. But it was nice and light, hit the spot!
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Old 10-10-2010, 12:31 PM   #3
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I'm here. Am I first?

Can't wait to read all the reviews.
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Old 10-10-2010, 02:01 PM   #4
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Yeah, I am in from the start too!

Love your first review!
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Old 10-10-2010, 02:47 PM   #6
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I'm hooked! Going to go to f&w for the 1st time in Nov. cant' wait to hear what you tried and liked/disliked!
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I will be at the Food & Wine Festival ONE WEEK FROM TODAY! I am so excited -- I just can't wait -- this is my first time!!!! Loving your report!
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Old 10-12-2010, 07:50 PM   #8
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Really enjoying your reviews!!!

Sorry that your lunch at Captain Cooks was not so good...that pizza did sound good...too bad it was greasy!


Afternoon tea at the Gardenview Lounge is a favorite of DDs and mine... Love the pics .... We have eaten that cheese medley and have no clue what the cheeses are either...we just call them the mild and strong ones!!! LOL!! What a nice way to spend an afternoon.....

Looking foward to your next review...
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Old 10-13-2010, 08:24 AM   #9
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Thanks for a wonderful update, I love the High tea at GF...I miss that last trip but had it a couple times in previous trip. I'm hoping to add it in our December trip.
I really like the tea, it's a good break.

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Great pictures, looking forward to the rest.
Thanks!

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Love the pictures. Thanks for the helpful reviews.
Thanks!

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Great pictures! I am afraid, even if I showed those pics to Mark, that I could convince him to go, but I enjoy reading about everyone else who experiences it.
Haha, well Geoff & my Dad went!

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It's a shame your chips at Captain Cook's weren't cooked well and not seasoned enough - we had to wait a LOOOOOOOOOONG time for ours but they came out perfect. Sorry yours didn't!

I am drooling over the photos of your tea!!!! I love tea and had this booked last February and we gave it up for

The Ditch!!

I think I need to make another reservation esp. since we are going without the DDP next February!

Thanks for the updates!
Hmmm...tea...the Ditch...I think I'd pick the Ditch too!

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I will be at the Food & Wine Festival ONE WEEK FROM TODAY! I am so excited -- I just can't wait -- this is my first time!!!! Loving your report!
Woo! Hopefully I'll get to some of the F&W kiosks before you leave!

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Really enjoying your reviews!!!

Sorry that your lunch at Captain Cooks was not so good...that pizza did sound good...too bad it was greasy!


Afternoon tea at the Gardenview Lounge is a favorite of DDs and mine... Love the pics .... We have eaten that cheese medley and have no clue what the cheeses are either...we just call them the mild and strong ones!!! LOL!! What a nice way to spend an afternoon.....

Looking foward to your next review...
Thanks for joining in! The pizza sounded good...it just wasn't quite there!
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Old 10-13-2010, 08:48 AM   #10
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Party for the Senses-Part 1

This was my first time doing Party for the Senses-or any of the more pricey Food & Wine events. All 4 of us went, I'm the only one who has any limitations on beverages, so I only had whites while the others had the reds and other offerings.

We thought the Party started at 6...whoops! It actually didn't start until 6:30pm, so while we were getting agitated when the doors finally opened at 6:25pm, they were actually early. There were 3 "holding areas," one outside the gate, one inside the gate but still outside (this is where you got your plate and glass), and then finally inside before opening the curtain to the rest of the party.

My awful picture while waiting inside:


One of the biggest complaints I've heard about PFTS is that there's not enough seating. This year, they've added a lot of tables and I think if we would have headed to the back, we probably would have gotten a table with chairs. As it was, we were content to stand at the taller tables. It allowed us to move around a bit.

This was about 20 minutes after the Party started, so plenty of space to stand and eat:

Note: the partition you see to the right was for the Wine View Lounge. It was right in the center of the room.

The room was split into different groups by color and kitchen utensil, like Yellow Wine Glass or Orange Whisk, which is how everything was listed in the program.
Room shot:

Next to each of the food tables were the winery tables. I couldn't really tell if things were paired, so I just went and got what I liked!

We started the evening by each getting our own, but by the end of the night, we shared most things. I'll just start going through my pictures and letting you know what I thought!

First up we have Wagyu Beef Short Ribs Braised with Red Wine Pan Seared Boniato, Potato Cakes, Sour Cream, Chives Sweet Onion and Wild Mushroom Ragu by Dylan Shauwecker from The Wave at Disney's Contemporary Resort.

This was probably one of our favorites of the evening. It was like having a Pot Roast in a bite. Absolutely delightful.

Next we had Tagine of Lamb (Lamb braised with Peas & Artichokes) by Samad Benzari from the Morocco Pavilion at Epcot.

This was OK. None of us were wild about it, so we had a bite and then moved on.

Geoff got a beer from Radeberger Gruppe in Frankfurt, Germany.

I loved how they poured the beer into the wine glass. Classy

Next we had Butternut Squash Risotto, Baby Frisee, Aged Balsamic with a Pumpkin Seed Brittle by Frank Vega from Mama Melrose at Disney's Hollywood Studios.

I thought it was quite ballsy to do a Risotto in this kind of setting. Maybe it was because we had it towards the beginning of the night, but it was cooked perfectly. I absolutely loved it, my Mom wasn't crazy about it, she thought it was too salty, but I tend to like saltier foods.

Next we had Duck Veracruz by Jamey Fader from Big Red F Restaurant in Denver, CO.

Geoff loves Duck, so this was right up his ally. I didn't really care for the salsa on top, but generally I don't like salsas, so that wasn't a big surprise. The duck was cooked great though.

This is Braised Venison and Truffle Raviloi, Roasted Forrest Mushrooms, Brodo and Parmesan Frico by Michael Reitzler from California Grill at Disney's Contemporary Resort.

I really liked this a lot. It would have been great to have a big bowl of it! Really just earthy and lovely. One of the winners of the night in my opinion.

Next up we have a lamb loin. They must have changed what they wanted to serve because what we had was a different description from what was in the program. I can tell you it was a Lamb Loin by Bob Waggoner from PBS' UCook! with Chef Bob in Charleston, SC.
Here's it being served & prepared:


And the dish:

The lamb in this was cooked perfectly. My Dad has never been a lamb fan, but he came back with this and we were all shocked. He loved it! I don't know if we've converted him, but it was a big step!

The last item I'll do for now... Wild Boar Agnolotti Stuffed Ricotta and Portobello Mushrooms by Andrew Turner from Liberty Tree Tavern at the Magic Kingdom.

What was interesting is that Geoff & I got this after my parents. We got 1 ravioli, but they got two!

No huge loss. I thought it was really dry. Geoff & my Dad really liked it though.

I'll be back later today or tomorrow with Part 2! Stay tuned!
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Yummy reviews so far! I can't wait until we can make it back to F&W next year!
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